Why you need physical therapy for an ACL injury

Treatments for an ACL Injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments in your knee that help your knee function and keep your two major leg bones connected. The ACL is located in the middle of your knee and is responsible for keeping your knee from twisting in an unnatural direction. If this ligament is strained or torn, it can be painful and difficult to use your knee.

ACL injuries occur when your knee is forced to twist unnaturally. These injuries are most common with athletes, especially those who participate in contact sports but can also affect people who trip or fall while simply walking or running.

Signs of an ACL injury

If you’ve hurt your ACL, it’s important to seek professional healthcare treatment to help reduce the severity of the pain and to help restore the strength and functionality of your knee. If the ligament is torn, you will need surgery for complete restoration.

Be aware of the signs of an ACL injury so you know when to get help because ignoring the pain and not getting treatment can result in further pain and permanent disability. Signs of ACL injury may include:

  • Extreme pain in the knee
  • A loud popping sound when the injury occurred
  • Swelling around the knee
  • Loose, wobbly feeling of the knee
  • Inability to support the weight with the leg that has the injured knee
  • Loss of motion

Treating an ACL injury with physical therapy

If your ACL is partially torn or completely torn, you may need surgery for treatment. Sprains and some partial tears may only need non-invasive treatments, like medicine and physical therapy. If you do need to have surgery to repair your damaged ACL, you can still benefit from physical therapy.

Physical therapists can help people with an ACL injury keep the muscles and other ligaments and tendons around the knee and in the legs strong while your ACL recovers. This helps reduce pressure off the injured area and prevents the other tissues from becoming weak during recovery.

Surgery takes a great toll on your knee too, and it can be challenging to learn how to use it again afterward. Physical therapy can help you restore this coordination as well.

Contact Excel Sports and Physical Therapy for an ACL injury

Have you recently sprained or tore your ACL? Have you had undergone surgery for your ACL injury? Would you like help from a physical therapist in reducing your pain and restoring your strength, mobility and balance? Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you recover and feel better again.